In addition to periodic meetings of the full council, councillors may sit on specialist committees which have delegated authority to take decisions or hold the Council's executive branch, the Cabinet, to account.
The Cabinet is the Council's executive branch, responsible for proposing the policy framework and budget to the rest of the Council and for taking decisions on resources and priorities throughout the year. The Cabinet delivers and implements the budget and policies decided by the Council.
Overview & Scrutiny Committees
Overview and Scrutiny is one of the most important ways in which Councillors can influence Council policy and champion their constituents. Councillors can ask the committees to discuss issues of local importance by asking for a Members item to be added to the agenda or through the facility to raise a Councillor Call for Action.
The committees also debate petitions presented to Council where the petitioners are not satisfied with the response they have had play a key role in developing and reviewing policy and holding the Cabinet to account.
Business Support Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Joint NHS Scrutiny Committee with Kent County Council
Regeneration, Community and Culture Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Regulatory and Councillor Conduct Committees
These Committees deal with the functions of the Council that cannot be dealt with by the Cabinet, for example, determination of applications for planning permission. There are also Committees that must be set up under specific legislation such as the Licensing Committee.
Councillor Conduct Committee
Employment Matters Appeals Panel - Sub-Committee of Employment Matters Committee
Employment Matters Committee
Health and Wellbeing Board
Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel
Licensing and Safety Committee
Licensing Sub-Committee of Licensing and Safety Committee
School Transport and Curriculum Appeals Committee